Bar Harbor chooses three new town councilors

BAR HARBOR — Three political newcomers were elected to three open seats on the town council Tuesday. One incumbent councilor and two candidates with past council experience were passed over by voters.

Retired high school guidance counselor Burt Barker, son of long-time town clerk Jean Barker, gathered the most votes in Tuesday’s balloting, with 551. Cruise ship committee member Anne Greenlee was a close second at 517. Warrant committee member Clark Stivers took 454 votes.

Incumbent town councilor Christopher Walsh received 378 votes, while former councilor Jeff Dobbs, a current member of the town’s recreation committee, gathered 388 votes. Former councilor J. Tom Burton received 262 votes.

A total of 942 residents voted in Tuesday’s election, representing 23 percent of the 4,107 registered voters in town.

The new councilors will replace Walsh, Ruth Eveland, and Bob Garland.

Two new members were elected to the Conners Emerson School committee Tuesday. Robin Tapley and Ronald Wrobel, III, both ran unopposed and both received over 600 votes. They replace outgoing members Claire Sasner and Brian Hubbell.

Vernon “Sandy” McFarland was elected to the Mount Desert Island School District board of trustees by 695 votes. He also ran unopposed.

The council was slated to hold a special meeting Wednesday evening to select a chairman, vice chairman and to choose seat assignments.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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